Legislative report from NFIB/Alaska
In his first report of the new session, NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt writes about the re-appearance of some proposals troublesome for small business.
The Alaska State Legislature is back in session. We have a new majority in the House of Representatives, which is committed to resolving Alaska’s fiscal crisis. We will see what that means as we move through the session. Surely there will be proposals for taxes in addition to the gas tax increase Gov. Bill Walker introduced, as well as the income tax on LLC’s and S Corps that Rep. Les Gara has introduced.
Many bills from past years have been introduced affecting businesses, such as:
- House Bill 25 mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives
- House Bill 26 duplicating federal requirements for area and time for mothers to nurse
- House Bill 30 requiring sick leave
- House Bill 38 ordering death benefits where there is no dependent
- House Bill 45 establishing a $15 minimum wage and equal pay reports
- Senate Bill 12 instituting an education head tax.
On the positive side, House Bill 42 would address the problems with civil forfeiture (supported by 78 percent of NFIB members on the 2017 Ballot) and House Bill 62 would require a regulation be eliminated when a new one is adopted. For further information, send an email to Denny DeWitt.
[Tile photo of Gov. Bill Walker giving his State-of-the-State Address to the Legislature on Jan. 19, 2017, courtesy of The Alaska State Legislature website.]